Short-Term Mission Trip – Seed Weeks 2018
Join us for a one-week short-term mission trip full of abundant gospel sowing among unreached people groups in NYC!
Volunteers will partner with local missionaries for a week of evangelism among diaspora and unreached people groups in the city. Teams will receive basic training in cross-cultural evangelizing techniques and go out into the community, looking for “People of Peace” who would be open to studying the Bible or learning more about Jesus.
*If you would like to schedule a separate Seed Week for a group, please contact us regarding the availability of our trainers.
Week One: June 19-23, 2018
Week Two: June 26-30, 2018
Week Three: July 10-14, 2018
Week Four: July 17-21, 2018
- Note that our Seed Weeks run from Tuesdays-Saturdays. Travel to and from the city should occur on the days before/after your desired Seed Week.
…about joining one of our Seed Weeks.
Seed Week FAQ
1) Why do we need pre-trip training sessions?
Training sessions before the short-term mission trip will not only prepare participants for the type of ministry they’ll be engaged in during Seed Weeks, but also create a time for teams to thoughtfully discuss expectations, bond as a team, and pray together.
2) What does a typical outreach day look like?
Each outreach day will have a time of training and prayer in the morning, followed by lunch, with evangelism/sifting in the afternoon and into the evening.
Because of the nature of missions work, scheduled activities may shift as different ministry opportunities arise.
See below for a sample daily schedule (subject to change):
9:00 am-12:00 pm: Training
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00pm-5:45 pm: Seed Sowing/Ministry
3) What is the schedule for a Seed Week?
Teams should plan to arrive the day before the Seed Week is scheduled to begin and leave the day after the Seed Week ends. Seed Weeks will begin Tuesday morning and end the following Saturday evening. Teams will have one day off for sight-seeing. See below for a sample Seed Week schedule:
Day 1: Intro & Prayer Walking
Day 2: Training & Ministry in Neighborhoods
Day 3: Free Day/Sightseeing
Day 4: Training & Ministry in Neighborhoods
Day 5: Debrief & Ministry in Neighborhoods
4) What kind of ministry will Seed Weeks teams be engaged in? How will this ministry help long-term missionaries in NYC?
The primary activity of Seed Week teams will be street evangelism to unbelievers from diaspora communities (individuals that long-term missionaries have yet to interact with). This means that every person on a Seed Week, short-term mission trip team will be expected to initiate spiritual conversations with people in public spaces. By interacting with new, spiritually interested people, Seed Week participants will help long-term workers to find individuals who are open to learning about Jesus and who may also be interested in gathering friends/family to hear the gospel. Participants literally help missionaries “sift” through large Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh populations in the city, looking for spiritually-open people.
5) Who will coordinate the Seed Week trip?
While each team will have a long-term missionary acting as a ministry liaison for their group, teams that plan to come will need to designate a team leader who will coordinate the details of their trip. The team leader will be responsible for coordinating transportation to NYC (booking flights, buying bus tickets, etc.), arranging hotel/hostel stays, facilitating pre-trip training modules, and collecting the Seed Week Fee.
Team leaders will be responsible to communicate with their missionary liaison in NYC. The liaison will provide teams with training materials, help to answer logistical questions, and organize a team’s Seed Week schedule and ministry locations.
6) Is there any preparation that a team needs to do before arrival?
The team’s ministry liaison will send a training module to team leaders (in PDF form). Team leaders will commit to leading their team through these modules (4 in all) before the team’s Seed Week begins (see the Seed Week Expectations document). All Seed Week participants are expected to complete the entire 4-lesson training module.
7) How many people participate in Seed Weeks?
Teams should expect to participate in daily trainings with other short-term teams visiting the city. For afternoon evangelism/sifting, teams will be divided into smaller groups (2-3 people) and sent out into different NYC neighborhoods.
8) Is there a minimum/maximum group size?
In order to hold a Seed Week, we need a minimum of 10 people to come to the city. If a smaller sized group is interested, they may be able to come if there is another small group willing to join with (to bring the number up to 10). If there is already a group of 10 booked, then small groups are welcome to join that group for training.
If you are a small group or individual and would like to be put on a waiting list to join a Seed Week, please email us. Please note that we may need to cancel the Seed Week if our confirmed numbers dip below 10.
9) Will we have time to sight-see?
There will be a “free day” for teams in the middle of the Seed Week.
10) Can our team travel around the city in personal vehicles (or a van/bus)?
Because of the nature of evangelizing in small groups, this kind of group travel would prove to be very inconvenient. Teams should plan to travel by public bus or subway to training and outreach locations.
11) How do team members purchase Metrocards?
Please have everyone purchase their own 7-day unlimited subway/bus card ($32). Individuals can purchase these at any subway station. Card dispensers will only allow people to purchase 2 cards per credit card within a 24-hour period, so a team leader will not be able to purchase all of his/her team’s cards on the one credit card. It will be easier if individuals purchase their own card.
12) Should we make our own meals, or eat out?
Depending on a team’s housing situation, breakfasts may be included in a hotel stay. We recommend that teams eat breakfast together (either prepare it themselves or take advantage of free breakfasts at their hotel/place of lodging).
Lunch and dinner can be a fruitful time of ministry. Often teams are able to bless a restaurant in a UPG neighborhood, while also engaging fellow customers and/or wait staff in the gospel.
13) Should team members bring spending money?
Team members can bring spending money. It’s a good idea for all team members to carry some cash with them at all times, as a lot of street vendors and some stores do not accept credit cards here.
14) What is appropriate attire?
Please dress modestly for outreach days.*
Please refrain from wearing: shorts, tank tops, or tight/revealing clothing (this goes for both men and women). The majority of people teams will be talking with will be Muslims and immodesty can be an unnecessary distraction to a person who’s open to hearing the gospel.
Feel free to wear: comfortable shoes, modest clothing, a backpack, and sunscreen.
*Ministry liaisons may also ask women to wear long-sleeve shirts, depending on their outreach area.
15) How do we find accommodations?
International Project will provide teams with a list of recommended places for lodging. Teams are welcome to find other accommodations during your short-term mission trip, if they’d like.
16) What is the cost of Seed Weeks?
Groups and individuals who come to the city are responsible for housing costs, transporation costs, and meals. In addition, International Project asks participants to pay a one-time partnership fee. For Seed Weeks, this fee is $200/person. The fee is non-refundable.
17) How and when do we pay the fee?
The International Project Seed Week fee is $200/person. Please make checks out to “International Project.” One team check should be mailed to the following address two months before the first day of your Seed Week:
PO Box 1646
New York, NY 10026
18) Will a staff person be assigned to our team?
International Project missionaries will be directly involved in daily trainings and prayer. Evangelism and sifting activities are designed to have teams (and small groups) minister independently in various neighborhoods throughout the city. Missionaries (and a team’s ministry liaison) will, most likely, not be with a team as they engage in daily street evangelism and outreach.